Lamont relaxes pandemic restrictions for restaurants, religious gatherings

Monroe Town Hall in heavy snow. Photo by Melissa Garrity

MONROE, CT — Patrons may now be served in restaurant dining rooms until 11 p.m. and indoor religious gatherings can have up to 50 percent capacity, so long as rules for masks and social distancing are followed.

Executive orders issued by Gov. Ned Lamont will also suspend re-application and filing requirements for state and local tax relief programs for veterans, the elderly and the disabled, according to First Selectman Ken Kellogg’s COVID-19 update Friday.

“Case rates continue to improve slightly,” he said. “Monroe’s average case rate is down to six new cases per day. Our two-week case rate is now 30.8 cases per 100,000 population.”

As of Thursday, Monroe has had a total of 966 cases and 12 deaths, confirmed and probable, since the beginning of the pandemic.

Kellogg said Connecticut’s vaccination efforts continue to focus on individuals over age 75, though the governor says individuals over 65 can expect to begin scheduling appointments in a week to 10 days.

“Monroe’s vaccination clinics continue every week, in addition to clinics that are available throughout the region from healthcare systems and other providers,” Kellogg said.

Residents over age 75 who need assistance may call the new Monroe COVID Vaccine Line at 203-452-2862. Leave a message if necessary and someone will return your call as soon as possible, Kellogg said.

To find appointments in the region, call the state’s Vaccine Appointment Assist Line at 1-877-918-2224.

“Please remember that statewide, all vaccinations are being done by appointment only,” Kellogg said. “Do not show up at a site without an appointment.”

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